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Tarzan’s Story Comes to Life on the Naperville Stage

“Tarzan the Stage Musical” is another magical show you won’t want to miss. In its fresh, creative style, Magical Starlight Theatre presents Tarzan’s story of belonging, love, discovery and adventure in a way that touches all generations. 

Colorful costumes bring Tarzan’s world to the stage. 

Just like the Disney movie, the stage production features the fun, upbeat music of Phil Collins, energizing the cast as they sing and dance. 
Cast rehearses “Son of Man”

Gorillas enjoying learning their character moves

Some of the cast members play multiple roles as various jungle inhabitants

Behind the scenes
As with all of its productions, Magical Starlight Theatre attracts actors and support crew who become a small community, much like a family and often involving multiple family members. In the Tarzan cast there are several young adults who grew up with theater, went off to college, and now are able to participate in community theater as adults.

Kristin Irvin, who plays Jane in the musical, grew up in Wheaton, where she participated in musical theater in high school and minored in music in college. This is her second year with Magical Starlight Theatre; last year she was one of Ariel’s sisters in “The Little Mermaid.”

Snape (Ryan Schultz), Jane (Kristin Irvin) and Jane’s father, Porter (Stan Austin)

“It’s fun that Tarzan is new for us; not many community groups perform it,” said Kristin. “I get to fly: it’s my secret theater dream!” 
Brett Baleskie, who also participated in musical theater in high school, stars as Tarzan and was Prince Eric in “The Little Mermaid.”

Tarzan (Brett Baleskie) – photo courtesy of Magical Starlight Theatre, as posted on Facebook

Olivia Link, who is Tarzan’s friend, Terk, grew up with Magical Starlight Theater, as part of her family’s activities. After a time away from theater during high school and college, she is back as an adult and enjoying it. 

Dress rehearsal; photo courtesy of Magical Starlight Theatre, as posted on Facebook

Performance Times and Ticket Information
Tarzan performance dates are Jan. 11, 12, 13 and 18, 19, and 20.

Friday performances begin at 7:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday matinees begin at 1:30 p.m., and Saturday evening shows begin at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets for the show may be purchased in advance for $12 until 4:00 p.m. on the Friday of the performance weekend. Advance tickets may be purchased online at, by phone at 630-848-5000, or during regular business hours at the Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center at 305 W. Jackson Ave., at the 95th St. Center at 2244 W. 95th St., or at Fort Hill Activity Center, at 20 Fort Hill Dr. Or tickets may be purchased at the door for $15.

A sign language interpreter will be present at the 1:30 p.m. performance on Sunday, Jan. 13 and at the 6:30 p.m. performance on Saturday, Jan. 19. 

Read more about the show in a Naperville Sun article  and a Daily Herald article

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On Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 Naperville Park District officials heard the good news for which they have been waiting for many months: the District has achieved national accreditation through the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA).

The decision was announced at the NRPA national conference in Atlanta following a formal hearing before the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).

Naperville is only the second park district in Illinois to earn this distinction and the 104th nationally accredited agency in the nation; there are more than 10,000 recreation agencies in the United States. The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies accredits a handful of park agencies each year that have completed a multi-step process involving a self-review by the agency, a site visit, and an evaluation and formal report by the Commission.

“We are extremely proud to bring this honor to Naperville,” said Park District Executive Director Ray McGury. “It’s an affirmation of our high standards and also an encouragement to continue bringing high quality recreation and parks experiences to our community.”

The Park District’s accreditation process began approximately one year ago and included an extensive self-evaluation by staff and a 5-day visit from CAPRA reviewers this past July. Maintaining the accreditation requires annual reports and 5- and 10-year reviews.

Park District staff members noted that the CAPRA process has helped them see the big picture, focus on long term goals and plans, review plans more regularly, organize documents so that they are accessible and useable, and collaborate more effectively with other departments and outside organizations.

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To be a national leader in parks and recreation providing and promoting high quality experiences and facilities at a great value to our community.
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